By Kristen Flanagan
The same bamboo baskets you use to steam fish and vegetables become stylish color-blocked storage containers with one coat of paint. Stackable bamboo baskets make perfect compartments for the contents of a sewing kit, with spools of thread in one compartment; pins, tools, and needles in another; and buttons in a third. You could also use these refurbished containers to organize jewelry, office supplies, and craft supplies -- or even to hold a gift.
Two-tier bamboo steamer set, from $8.50, pearlriver.com. Satin craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Wild Salmon, Geranium, Chamomile, Gray Wolf, Lake Fog, Acorn, and Wild Blueberry, $2 each, michaels.com.